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Updated September 17, 2021

Standard Deduction Amounts for 2020 and 2021

Personal Taxes

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When it comes to deductions on your individual tax return, you have two options:

  • Take the standard deduction
  • Itemize your deductions

The vast majority of taxpayers take the standard deduction since it’s available to all taxpayers and most taxpayers don’t have enough itemized deductions to exceed their standard deduction.

Standard Deduction Amounts

2020-2021 Standard Deduction Amounts
Filing Status20202021
Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er)$24,800$25,100
Married Filing Separately$12,400$12,550
Head of Household$18,650$18,800


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